Mixing Colors

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the scoop

I am such a fan of color. I like a nice neutral look but color makes my heart sing. And what better time than fall to mix things up with vibrant colors. So in this look I mixed oxblood and mustard!

my look

I’m wearing a leather jacket in oxblood that I got from ASOS several years ago. It is probably my favorite leather jacket ever. My top is old too with a mock turtleneck and slightly belled sleeves from Nordstrom. Jeans are my all time favorite flares from Express and booties are so old I can’t remember where they came from. My bag is one you see me carry all the time, an investment piece that was worth it. It is Claire V.

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create your look

I’m linking similar items for creating your own look.

sup’

  • Today is a full on cool fall day with a high of 58. Rainy in the AM and then cloudy. Not too bad for my taste.

  • I’m meeting a friend for coffee we are planning a YouTube video. She is a make up expert and will be showing me how to apply eye shadow.

  • We had our gutters replaced yesterday. Just so you know. Ha ha!

  • My thoughts are turning toward the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

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Staying Connected

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How I Weekend in the Mountains

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Fall

in the mountains is magical!

the scoop

Last night we hopped in the car with the dogs and drove up to our place in the mountains. I had been gone for a couple of weeks and was missing it. It was after dark when we got there so we unpacked the car and settled in for the night. Today, I sprung out of bed ready to face a chilly day in the mountains. I tidied up the house first while drinking lots of coffee.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work on a blog post but after getting dressed I decided to snap a few pictures and put up a quick post. Rain is moving in later today so I have lots to do until then.

my look

I decided to wear a pair of high waisted jeans, low heeled OTK boots, a black tee and top it off with a cozy blanket scarf. It was perfect for this fall day. I bought the high waisted jeans in my favorite brand but sized up so I could tuck tops in and wear belts easily. I am so happy I did because they are so comfortable.

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Cozy

style is my style!

create your look!

I’m wearing Seven For All Mankind high waisted skinny jeans, long sleeved black tee, blanket scarf and Steve Madden Gabby OTK boots. I’m linking my jeans and boots and lots of other options for creating your own look!

sup’

  • I’m keeping this short today so I can run into town and get some groceries. I want to make chili and cornbread and an apple cake.

  • I will be going on a trail run or hike and it may be in the rain which I love to do. I have always loved to run, walk or hike in a light rain. It’s like you are the only one in world outside and so peaceful.

  • I need some things at the drug store, like bubble bath, face powder and maybe nail polish.

  • I’m looking forward to tonight by the fireplace with a glass of wine reflecting on a beautiful day.

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Peace!

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Come Back Kid

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inhale confidence

exhale doubt

the scoop

Hey gang! Well, here I am back in the blogging game. I have been going back and forth for a few months on whether I should continue blogging and I guess I sort of have been going through a mid life crisis. Is there room for me in the blogsphere? Is there a place for women my age to share their fashion and lifestyle? After thinking a LOT about what brought me to blogging in the first place, I decided that I want to continue for at least a little while longer.

You see, I started in the beginning because I wanted a creative outlet, a hobby, something that would be fun for when I had time. Then I noticed that in all the social media you would see so many fabulous bloggers, but for the most part they were young. Relative to me; very young. I wasn’t seeing myself in any of these talented people. I still read these blogs and find I learn so much from them. But I wanted to see women my age more. I wanted to let others see how women age. I wanted to change the sterotypical ideas a lot of society has about us.

So here I am, back at it. Keeping it light and fun though. I never want to add to the drama in this world. You know . . . girls just wanna have fun!

my look

Most of my readers like the fashion side of my blog. And since it is the most fun for me, I am always happy to share my day to day looks. Here is such a fun outfit for fall. I am wearing big old bell bottom jeans, a comfy flannel shirt, blue suede boots and I’m carrying a fabulous green bag. I topped this look off with a navy fisherman’s cap. I can’t tell you how comfy this look is. What I love most about it though is the colors. Dark rich greens and blues are the theme.

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sup’

Well, not a lot of news in my world, outside of setting up our house in the city which has been way more work than I expected. But I have been taking my time and adding here and there as I go. Lots of fun projects to do as long as I remember that it’s the journey that makes it fun.

Here’s some quick bullets of my life right now.

  • I’m still trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I work out daily in some form or another. Like one day I spent the whole day raking and bagging leaves. Let me tell you, I was sore for days after that. Plus we go to the YMCA almost daily.

  • I love to cook and am always trying new healthy and not so healthy recipes. I am really into soups right now. If you have any soup recipes you love, please send them my way! I will even try to make them and put it on the blog.

  • I have decided to let my hair grow for the winter and it seems to be growing slow lately. I always think everything is because I am getting old. But I think it can also be the time of year. I have heard your hair grows faster in the spring and summer. Myth?

  • I started using Retin A several weeks ago but I’m going really slowing and only using it three times a week. I can’t tell any change yet so the jury is still out. I’m looking for more vibrant skin with smaller pores. It’s supposed to help your skin regenerate more since it slows down as you age.

  • I voted already and am hoping everyone else will vote in the coming election. Here is some useful information if you need it.

  • I watched a couple of wonderful movies on Netflix both staring Jane Fonda and love how she represents women my age in these movies. They aren’t trying to hide the lines in her face or make her look young, she’s the real thing. Here is the trailer to Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. My favorite was Our Souls At Night also starring Robert Redford. Here is the trailer.

  • I’m working on a photo studio in the basement. The pictures with the blank wall were taken there. Lighting is always an issue for me. But I have fun playing with it all1

shop my look

Same flannel shirt and dark jeans (limited size) are linked, and fun options for creating your own look!

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Peace!

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staying connected

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Almost Didn't Happen

MY OUTFIT

These boots arrived at my door late Saturday evening while I was visiting my granddaughter and family. I got home so late I didn't get to open the package and then Sunday came and we were so busy running around shopping and then I cleaned the condo and put pizza dough together to start rising and one thing led to another until I wasn't sure I would get pictures for a post today (Monday). But I finally had time to open the package and put together an outfit and get some indoor pictures taken. If I hadn't been so in love with the boots I might not have even done a post but I wanted you to see them. 

OMG they are so comfortable and cute. They have a lower heel than I normally wear and the fabric on the legs is so perfect! Just delicious! I wore a light weight sweater that was loose and had fun sleeves that are bells with a tie. The ties are sewn on so you don't have to fuss with them.  It also has a cute split up the back that is fun. I put on a pair of skinny jeans and grabbed my leopard clutch to complete this outfit.

My nails weren't done and a mess because of cleaning and cooking and I had to try to pull my hair up to get it in some kind of order but you understand I am sure that it was urgent I get this post up! Duh, I'm such a nut! Ha Ha!

LIFE IN PHOENIX

My husband and I are having so much fun here in Phoenix. Our condo is small and nothing fancy but it is perfect for us to spend our time doing other things rather taking care of it. We've been hiking the nearby mountains and I have been getting runs in every other day. I still cook most of our meals because I love to cook but we get to eat on our patio. We have lovely neighbors from Canada that also spend most of their winters here.  

I get to see my granddaughter often because they only live about 5 miles away. She is a delight and I never could have understood the love for a granddaughter until she came along. t's all good. We're spending Thanksgiving Day with our family and my heart is full of joy! I am so thankful and not just on Thanksgiving day but everyday!

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Peace!


When It Feels Right

MY OUTFIT

This outfit was created on one of those days when I had no idea what I wanted to wear. I just walked into my closet and looked around to see what struck me. My eye was drawn to this jacket that I have had so many years I don't even know where I got it. Of course it is a favorite due to the style with the tie front, the fall colors and the fun print. It is a perfect piece for fall. But what to go with it? I decided on a pair of skinny jeans and OTK boots. I wore a cream camisole under the jacket and carried a fringe clutch in a dark blue. For jewelry I wore a piece of Amber. I had no idea how this look would turn out but when all was said and done , it just felt right. And I have learned that when it feels right, go with it!

WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK?

I'm in Arizona enjoying the warmer climate. We are out and about every single day and in the evenings on our patio having dinner and glass of wine. We live in an area where everything you need is within walking distance so we try to walk everywhere and it feels so good. 

I'm having a little trouble getting pictures because people are everywhere and the lighting is so different than what I am used to. So I am playing around searching for the best setting, etc.

I'm thinking of redesigning my blog. I do this each year about this time so it is ready by the new year. I get bored with the same old look but I also want it to be original so I'm not sure what I will do this year. 

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Peace!


Black Slacks For A Modern Look

MY OUTFIT

My Blogger Friend Jodie of www.JTouchofStyle.com recently did a post on styling black slacks. Jodie reminded me that a I had a few pair from my going into work at the office days. They are classic and I doubt I will ever get rid of them. This pair is oh so comfy, in a thick knit fabric that holds its shape and fits like a glove. They zip at the side so no bulk ANYWHERE! I need a thousand pairs in this style! I almost didn't want to take them off at the end of the day! 

To complete my outfit I wore one of my many leopard cardigans, an item I kind of collect. I have them in all styles, shades and price ranges but my favorite right now is a new one I got at Old Navy! Yes, and it is a goodin! I wore a pair of black booties, one of my amber necklaces and carried a cream tote. This outfit would work for the office, a business dinner or for lunch with a friend! These pants will stay at the front of my closet for a while!

WHERE ON EARTH AM I?

I wrote this post in Idaho but by the time is goes live I will be in Arizona. I'm leaving a foot of snow behind to sit by the pool. If I can stand to put on a bathing suit. I have been eating like a bear getting ready to hibernate and need to lose at least 3 lbs. It's amazing how just a few pounds can make your pants tight and really show up on camera! Ugh!. Hopefully I can get back to a routine and tone down the beast a little.

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Peace!


I Love Blogging

MY OUTFIT

This outfit was built upon my blue suede booties. I got these last year when blue shoes were very trendy and I am so glad I did because I am still loving the look. I wore a pair of jeans, a camisole, a cocoon cardigan and a fisherman's hat for this look. I carried a clutch and wore my Amber necklace.

If you have been reading my blog you will have noticed I have been wearing different pieces of amber for the last several posts. I talk about how much this is my favorite stone often and recently have been having fun wearing some of the pieces of my collection.  Each piece is special to me because they were purchased while on different Mexico vacations with my husband.

ABOUT BLOGGING

I am a bit of a type A person. I have worked my whole life and everything I have taken on, I have been very serious about doing it right. Needless to say, I have never done much, just for fun, for me. And then along came blogging. For the first time in my life, I have a hobby. I used to be in awe of people who found time for a hobby and really believed my personality was such that I would never have one. But never say never because now I have a hobby that I love and that brings me simple joy. It encompasses so many things that I enjoy, mostly art. I am not good at any of it but I love creating outfits, taking photos and putting it all into a blog. I adore cooking and home making too and really want to get more into that at some point. That means there is no end to this happy place of mine.

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Peace!

Free People Thermal Top

MY OUTFIT

I am always looking for comfort wrapped in style and I found it with this thermal top by Free People. It is soft and roomy and has so many cute details. It is the perfect top to wear with leggings and boots that just hit the knee as I did in this outfit. This is the only thermal top I have right now but I am on the look for more because this is a top that can be worn in most of the seasons. For winter I will add a warm scarf and in the spring cropped jeans. A couple of rings, large hoop earrings and a tote and this outfit was complete. 

One Trip Down

I just got back from my trip to Kansas City to visit family for about a week and now I am getting ready to go to Arizona for a month. I get homesick after a few weeks so we will be going back and forth this winter. Four weeks there, a few back here and then back to AZ again until spring. The countdown is on as we prepare for warmer sunny weather. 

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Peace!

Red Leather Jacket For Fall Fashion

MY OUTFIT

I put this outfit together a while back for a link up I was doing. I wanted to share it in more detail. The jacket is such a favorite of mine. I got it several years ago in a consignment store. It is 100% leather and very high quality. I always love it when I find such a treasure. I wear it every year as the holidays get closer and the style options are never ending.

This time I wore black jeans and a colorful top with bell sleeves, my OTK boots and I carried a little black clutch. It was such a festive look and comfortable too.  The jacket is timeless and I am sure I will be styling it for many years to come.

TRAVEL UPDATE

I'm still traveling from one place to another but have my laptop and am being able to stay on top of blog things. I should be in one place soon and back to my normal routine. Happy Halloween BTW!

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Peace!


Pre-Holiday Style With A Red Silk Shirt

MY OUTFIT

I am having a hard time believing how close the holidays are. We hold our annual Christmas Party on December 16th and have already started Christmas shopping. We don't do much, I am not a big believer in the commercialization of Christmas but I like to get my grand kids and parents a gift. My husband and I pretty much host one Christmas party for friends and then ignore the rest of the chaos.  We spend Thanksgiving with family and then on Christmas you will find us hiking in Arizona. 

I still like to celebrate the season with a few festive outfits. This red silk top is old but perfect for this time of year. I wore it with black jeans, leopard belt and nude heels. A big tote for toting and I am good to go! 

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Peace!


A Fall Outfit For Date Night

MY OUTFIT

I wanted to put together a comfortable but semi dressy outfit for a night out and came up with this. The top has the most fun sleeves that are bell shaped, split with a tie. I also love the white with black stripes making it a top that can be worn so many ways. I added a pair of soft stretchy leggings and fun booties and a long cardigan. I didn't want to cover the sleeves with the cardigan so I pulled up the cardigan sleeves so the blouse sleeves peeked out. For jewelry I wore a long necklace and earrings. Of course I added my leopard clutch and that was that. I was ready to go out!

P.S. That is the care tag on the inside seam of my cardigan. I tried to cut it out but you can still see some of it. I had a person once think it was the price tag, although I have never seen a price tag on the inside seam of a garment. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


OTHER LINK UPS

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting!I hope you will join us HERE!

Shoe Style & Still, A Beret

MY OUTFIT

So I got these shoes. I loved how they looked online and when other bloggers wore similar ones but somehow when I put them on I wasn't feeling it. I let them sit in the box for a day and tried again. And this time I was feeling it. I had to find the right kind of jean style for me for these shoes. And you know what? Once I found them I wish I had ordered a back up pair for when these wear out cause I'm thinking I'm going to be wearing them a lot!

My husband thought the wear fancy slippers! Ha Ha! I can see his confusion and in a way I hate to wear them outside of the house but I have a trip coming up and these will be my travel shoes. They are the most comfy and cute flats I own. I wore them with very old Levi's, a cami, a big comfy sweater and of course the one thing you may get sick of seeing, my beret!  

TMI

These pictures are dark and as you know I am not a photographer but I do the best I can with my camera and tripod. It had been snowing for two days and I had no light so thus the dark photos. Today, as you read this post it will be sunny and in the 50s so almost like summer for us! Ha Ha. Soon I will be traveling to visit family in Kansas and I can't wait! Big plans!

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Peace!


A Girl & A Beret

First I saw a beret on @emillyanngemma and then on @simplysylviadc and now I may never take mine off! I don't look great in hats and I have a small head so they are usually too big. I bought this one and one in a cream color and the flood gates are open. I was able to get them in xsmall and by golly they fit! These are now my favorite hats! 

I wore my hat with flared jeans and a old top, well everything I have on is old but the beret. I was totally having a few Mary Tyler Moore moments taking these photos. My next try is a cap I have been seeing. A page boy cap or similar style, so stay tuned!

NEWSFLASH

My internet was down all day Wednesday and most of the day Thursday. I barely got this post up. So I missed a couple of days of link ups and lots of commenting. I'll try to catch up! 

My husband is drying a piece of plastic in the drive. Lovely background eh?

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Peace!

How I Wear Corduroy Pants

MY OUTFIT

A few years ago I got on a corduroy pants kick. I ended up getting them in several colors but seemed to always be saving them for a special occasion so rarely wore them.  I decided to style them for this post. This pair is a gorgeous deep chocolate brown color. I love the fit and they are extremely comfortable. I added a leopard top, a long tan cardigan and a pair of fun clogs. I carried one of my Dooney and Bourke bags from a few years ago and wore a piece of Amber jewelry. It all came together nicely.

I have these pants in three other beautiful colors; charcoal, olive and a wine color. I am making it a point to get them out and wear them, they are just so pretty. These pants are so popular that even though I got mine three years ago, you can still buy the exact pants today. Even the colors are the same. I guess classics never go out of style. 

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Peace!


How I Style Pom Poms, Leather, Lace & Fringe

MY OUTFIT

The day I took these pictures I woke up to snow on the ground and it was still coming down. It looked like a full blown winter storm. Since it is about a month or more early for this kind of weather I wasn't that excited. To cheer myself up I decided to find something fun to wear.

In my last post I showed you I had ordered a pair of faux leather leggings, fun booties with pom poms and a beautiful cardigan with fringe. All 40% or more off. I wasn't sure about the sizing of my leggings but when I tried it all on I loved it. The leggings have a motto design on them giving them an edgy look. The booties are not high quality, thus the low price but for a trendy item I would rather not spend that much money. They are as cute as can be, comfortable and add so much fun to leggings. The cardigan was a total win purchase. It is quality, on sale and oh so cozy and pretty! Score! I wore a lace camisole that I have had for a few years, a hat and headed out into our first real snow of the year. 

SNOW IN THE MOUNTIANS

We've had this home in the mountains since 2003. We used it for a vacation home until a few years ago when after the kids all left home we decided we preferred county life in fresh mountain air. So here we are. We sold our house in the valley last spring and make this home except for a couple of months a year when we go to AZ for a winter break.

I don't remember a year that we've had snow this early. We get snow earlier than a lot of the country but not this early. We live close to the base of a ski mountain which is about 3000 feet higher elevation and they get about double what we get. They got about six inches and we got between three and four inches. Luckily it is supposed to melt today and we will get a few days of fall like weather before its expected to snow again this coming weekend. So I am kicking back taking it in stride. Making lots of delicious soups and using my home gym to try to get enough exercise in my days. It's all good.

WINTER EXERCISE ROUTINE

Since winter arrived early and my days of getting out for trail runs are limited, I worked up a new fitness routine for the next few months. I start my days with a 25 minute yoga practice. Then on alternate days I am doing HIIT and easy runs. My HIIT program uses all weight bearing exercises so it fills my strength training goals. I am doing a 20 minute HIIT program now because I injure so easily but will work up to a 30 minute program.

I make sure to eat mostly a vegetarian diet these days, making many delicious soups and cutting out simple carbs like sugar, white breads, sweet desserts.  I do eat an egg for breakfast most days and I use chicken stock in soups. But as for eating a piece of meat, it is down to only a couple of times a week. I take supplements as I've talked about before (here). I also drink a protein drink after HIIT and running. I'll let you know how its all working as I see how I feel in a few weeks. I am always trying new things!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!